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To make sure Isla Marisol is the perfect spot for your island vacation, we have included some important information about our island below. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us. We can't wait to meet you!
Isla Marisol Resort is an authentic, rustic, and remote tropical island resort located 35 miles from the nearest mainland town. Accommodations are comfortably basic and do not offer televisions, telephones, or room service. There is no swimming pool, shopping, or spa service (though massage can be arranged in advance). Instead, the extraordinary Caribbean sea provides hours of entertainment and enjoyment, whether snorkeling, diving, kayaking, fishing, or simply relaxing.
The challenges of operating a remote tropical island resort are great.
The team at Isla Marisol relishes these challenges, and works extremely hard to ensure guests are privy to the most unbelievable experiences offered at Glover s Reef Atoll.
Guests who express the greatest enjoyment tend to have a hint of adventurous spirit. On rare occasions an air conditioning unit or hot water heater fails and the technician can't arrive for a day or two.
Short temporary blackouts are possible if the solar panel system experiences a power surge. These occurrences are not common, but can happen at any remote island resort.
Trip Insurance - STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
Last minute delays and changes sometimes happen to even the most prepared traveler. Isla Marisol strongly suggests purchasing comprehensive trip insurance to cover any unforeseen challenges, such as cancelled or delayed flights, acts of God, illness, injury, loss of baggage or personal items, or missed boat transfers. Isla Marisol is not responsible for any additional costs incurred (including boat transfers) by delays for any reason.
If arriving in Belize on an Isla Marisol transfer day (Wednesday or Saturday), schedule an international flight that arrives in Belize City before 1PM. This allows sufficient time to make a connecting flight to Dangriga. If the international flight arrives after 1PM it is difficult to reach Dangriga in time for the scheduled boat transfer. A representative of Isla Marisol Resort will transport arriving guests from the airstrip to the boat dock. Regularly scheduled boat transfers depart Dangriga between 2PM and 3:30PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Private and off-day transfers can be arranged for a fee. Read more about how to get here
The boat ride from the boat dock at Gra Gra Lagoon to Isla Marisol Resort is 36 miles by sea, which takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. It is impossible to predict in advance if the boat ride will be fast/slow/long/short/calm/rough/wet/dry, which depends on local weather and ocean conditions. Experienced boat captains make the crossing in all types of weather, and although safety is always the number one consideration, rarely a crossing must be postponed. There is no guarantee the transfer boat will be covered, so be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen, and windbreaker or light rain jacket.
Fresh water on a tropical island is worth its weight in gold. Every accommodation at Isla Marisol is equipped with hot fresh water for bathing. To conserve water, each unit provides approximately 5 minutes of hot water before requiring approximately 5 minutes to reheat. This is ample time for ship showers in which water is turned off during sudsing and turned on to rinse. Isla Marisol Resort is not equipped to provide unlimited hot water.
Around-the-clock 110v electricity is available using a combination of solar power, wind power, and diesel generator power. Solar and wind generation systems provide the main power for everyday needs. Diesel generators are in place to back up the solar and wind systems as necessary. If you are traveling from the US or Canada, no special plug or adaptor is necessary. As part of an energy conservation effort, Isla Marisol has installed compact fluorescent light bulbs resort-wide. Please turn off fans, lights, and unplug electronics when not in use to conserve energy.
Air conditioning is available upon request. As part of an energy conservation effort, air conditioning is only available from approximately 7PM to 6AM.
Complimentary wireless internet access is available in the dining room and office. The signal is fair, and sufficient for email, basic internet browsing, and using message apps. The signal is not robust enough to download large files or stream video. Please download any books, music, or movies prior to arriving at Isla Marisol. Internet outages occasionally occur, though on a good day the signal is strong enough to send and receive calls using VOIP apps.
Kitchen staff prepare a variety of Belizean and American inspired dishes from fresh ingredients that highlight local and traditional specialties. Meals are served in the communal atmosphere of the dining room, and the dining experience is often mentioned as a vacation highlight. Attire is casual. The kitchen can accommodate almost any dietary allergies, restrictions, or strong preferences if Isla Marisol is informed during the booking process. Advance notice is essential to ensure the kitchen is equipped with whatever special ingredients are needed to meet dietary requests. Read more about our restaurant
Purified drinking water is purchased directly from the distributor and imported from mainland Belize. Drinking water is available 24/7 in the dining room. Bring a refillable bottle.
Isla Marisol is committed to sustainability and encourages conservation.
- BRING A BOTTLE Each person is asked to bring a reusable water bottle, resulting in a significant waste reduction. Purified drinking water is always available, making refills easy!
- REEF Isla Marisol enforces a strict NO TOUCHING policy during all snorkel tours and SCUBA dives. Reef-friendly sunscreen is also strongly recommended. Click here for PADI's list of reef-friendly sunscreens.
- WATER Isla Marisol uses low-flow faucets and shower heads, and features natural landscaping that requires no irrigation. Take it one step further by taking ship showers (water is shut off while sudsing and turned on to rinse) to conserve water. Don't need fresh sheets or towels? Let housekeeping know! This minimizes the amount of water used for laundry.
- RECYCLE Isla Marisol sends all recyclables back to the mainland,
including all beer and soda bottles, some larger glass bottles, and plastic water bottles.
- ELECTRICITY Around-the-clock electricity is derived primarily from renewable energy. Solar and wind generation systems provide the main power for everyday needs. Diesel generators are in place to back up the solar and wind systems as necessary.
Serious fishers, divers, and snorkelers often prefer to arrive with their own equipment. Isla Marisol does maintain a dive shop with snorkel and scuba gears for rent. Some fishing equipment is available for rent as well.
Insects will be present during any vacation to the tropics. All guests are advised to pack insect repellent for use as needed, and for those extra sensitive, some type of cream or lotion to soothe the itch. Isla Marisol uses an EPA approved biodegradable spray to suppress buggy activity.
For cancellations 30-60 days prior to arrival, Isla Marisol will issue a refund of 50%. For cancellations less than 30 days prior to arrival, Isla Marisol will not issue a refund, but will issue a 60% credit to a future stay within one year. Cancellation credits are non-transferable.